Waste is collected on a weekly basis.
Please see our Collection Days, Delivery Dates and Getting Additional Sacks page to find your collection day.
Please make sure your recycling and waste is kept within the boundary of your property and is ready for pick up on your collection day by 7:00am.
Recycling and waste must not be left on the public highway or footpath – this is littering and you may be given a Fixed Penalty Notice.
What can go in my black rubbish sack?
Yes please (anything that cannot be recycled):
- disposable nappies
- incontinence pads
- sanitary waste
- kitchen roll
- tissues and wipes
- pet bedding, faeces and cat litter
No thank you:
- liquids of any kind
Please take liquid paint to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) for disposal
- Cooking oil – this can be recycled at the HWRC
- hazardous waste such as:
- sharps, needles and clinical waste (unless approved by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council)
Veolia collect around 31,000 tonnes of recycling and 42,000 tonnes of rubbish from homes in Southend every year.
There are around 60,000 houses (not including blocks of flats) and Veolia visit them all over four days, every week of the year.
Every week on your collection day, two Veolia lorries will come to your home:
- one will collect your black sacks and blue food waste bins
- the other collects your pink sacks and blue paper and cardboard recycling boxes
The back of each lorry is divided into two parts so that the two types of waste can be gathered at the same time, but remain apart.
A third lorry may also visit if you are signed up to the garden waste collection.
Once the lorry is full, it will take the waste to the Waste Transfer Station at Eastern Avenue.
Each type of waste is then taken to a different part of the station, ready to be gathered and taken elsewhere for: